Thrive by Krista & Becca Ritchie
Series: Addicted #2.5
Genres: Contemporary, New Adult, Romance
Publication date: July 18, 2014
Format: eBook, 425 pages
How I got it: From the author
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Two years will change them forever.
When rumors spread like wildfire—like having three-ways with her boyfriend’s rock climbing brother—Lily Calloway spirals into a dark place. Her bedroom. Loren Hale is more confident and determined to keep their sex life private, even from their friends, and he helps Lily in the only way he knows how. But how much love is too much?
Their lives are filmed, watched, and criticized. And through it all, Lily and Loren have to face enemies they never thought they’d see, demons they don’t know if they should bury, and setbacks they didn’t think they’d meet. Not this soon.
And one rumor could be too much for them to handle. It will test their greatest limitations, and if they don’t hold onto each other, someone is going to drown.
I’ve been mulling over what to say about this book without spoiling it, but still doing it justice, since I finished it well over a week ago. I also haven’t stopped thinking about these characters and this story since I finished. I think I’ve got it, but just realize that no matter what I say, I can’t possibly make you understand how amazing and powerful this story is.
It’s been quite awhile since we got a new story focused mainly on Lily and Lo. Sure, they were always in the background (and sometimes foreground) of the spinoff Calloway sisters novels, but I couldn’t help but wonder what was happening to them while the other characters took center stage. Well, the answer is A LOT. And that’s all I’m going to tell you. Don’t fool yourself into thinking that there’s not much story untold, even if you’ve read Kiss the Sky and Hothouse Flower. Because I can’t stress just how wrong you are if you think that. The good, the bad, the ugly. The sweet, the sexy, the heartbreaking. Thrive tells it all.
Thrive delves deeper into addiction and all the effects it has on a person and those in their life, but it does it in a way that, while heavy, wasn’t unbearable. Yes there were moments that had me in tears, but there were also the little moments that made me laugh and swoon. The Harry Potter references were plentiful and I grinned every time, particularly over “alohomora.” I loved each and every single one of the geeky references. Because, let’s face it, Lily and Lo are geeks and I effing love them because of it. I love Lily’s awkwardness and Lo’s raw sexual power. When Lo calls her “love,” I melt every single time. Seriously, these two are so OTP it almost hurts me.
As was true with every other book in this series, the secondary characters play a huge role. As I’ve read (and LOVED) both Kiss the Sky and Hothouse Flower, I was fascinated by reading all the events from Lily and Lo’s POVs this time. Those two definitely knew a lot more, a lot longer, than anyone thought. I had truthfully forgotten just how much I loved Lily and Lo, as the last books focused on Rose and Connor and Daisy and Ryke. But, they really are the perfect couple. Yes, they’re co-dependent almost to a fault, but they make my heart sing when they’re together. But, each and every one of these characters, these couples, holds a special place in my heart and I could never, ever pick a favorite. They each bring something so special, so uniquely them, to the table. I can’t imagine this series without every single one of them just as they are. Each new installment in their stories gives me more reasons to love them even more than I did after finishing the previous book.
I had very, very high expectations for Thrive and they were exceeded. What’s a stronger word for exceeded? Because that’s what they were. I highlighted about half the book. I couldn’t even narrow down my favorite parts to include them in my review. Just know they were plentiful.
Earlier today I was writing up a fun survey post and one of the topics was “most recommended books.” Clearly the Addicted and Calloway Sisters series hit the list. Like I said on that post, if you’re a fan of new adult books with grit and unforgettable characters and you’re NOT reading this series yet, you really need to reevaluate your life choices.
When I think this series can’t possibly get any better, Krista and Becca find a way to blow me away and make me feel things I didn’t know I could feel. Then they leave me wanting more. And boy, do I ever want more after finishing Thrive. How long until Addicted to After All…?
There are only three books left in this series and I’m already dreading it ending. Regardless of how it all shakes out, it’s going to really suck to give these characters up. This is a series I’ll be rereading for a very long time to come.